K'naan made a name in hip-hop and world music circles with his inventive 2006 album The Dusty Foot Philosopher. Born in 1978, he spent his formative years trying to avoid Somalia's civil war and listening to hip-hop records sent to him from New York by his father. At 13 he moved with his siblings to Harlem, and then on to Rexdale, Ontario, where he became part of a large Somali community and started rapping.
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